If you’ve made it to this little corner of the internet, odds are that you share a profound love of the English language with the author of this post. For me there’s no greater thrill than discovering the exact arrangement of words and sounds necessary to create a precise reaction. If language is the rich… More To Whom It May Concern: How to Chill Out About Grammar and Get on With Your Life by Diana Koehm
I’m a biology major—the quintessential science major, literally the study of life. In many of my required classes, the professors give out more exams than As and I use so many flashcards that when I shut my eyes and listen close, I can hear the whir and thwack of thumbing through a thick pile of… More Why Science Majors Should Take Creative Writing by Rebecca Nelson
“Vocabulary enables us to interpret and to express. If you have a limited vocabulary, you will also have a limited vision and a limited future.” — Jim Rohn New words have always been drilled into our minds. Initially small and minimal in complexity, vocabulary was learned through spelling tests and sentence practice. Over the years,… More Am I being too pedantic? By Emily Zimmer
We are approaching copyediting time at the Long River Review and it has me thinking about grammar, punctuation, and writing style—leading me to this question: Why do some authors do away with the quotation mark in dialogue? Perhaps I am noticing it more as I am reading more “serious literature” for my classes now, versus… More Where did the quotation mark go? by Steph Koo
A good writer is nothing without a good editor. However, a good editor is not always easy to come by. Just as there is an art to writing, there is an art to editing. Here are five tips for being a good editor. Proofreading is not editing. Proofreading (or copyediting) is focused on surface errors… More 5 Tips for Being a Good Editor
All is (almost) quiet on the LRR front after a barrage of colorful pens took to the rough draft of the journal in class last night. As students and as aspiring writers, we are used to the concept of editing and proofreading. We know the basic rules, we have learned the basic proof-marks. We have… More Can Grammar Be Fun?